What’s On: Fashion on the ration

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This weekend the Imperial War Museum North is hosting a marvellous weekend of fashion tips and tutorials with a difference. Fashion on the Ration is a collection of the wonderful ways men and women stayed stylish and on trend with the few resources they had access to during wartime. Beetroot juice lip stain, anyone?

Fashion on the Ration

IWM North say:

From ‘onesies’ to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts, Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.

This exhibition explores how men and women found new ways to dress as clothes rationing took hold. Displays of original clothes from the era, including military uniforms and functional fashion, reveal what life was really like on the home front in wartime Britain.

Sessions and tours are on all weekend. Some are free of charge and some require attendees to buy a reasonably priced ticket. Tickets can be purchased here.

The schedule for the Fashion on the Ration Weekender is:

Saturday 4 June

  • Workshop: T-shirt Turban Making, Modern Millinery and make-do-and-mend

11am-1pm – Free, places are limited (Recommended age 14 years + or 7 years + if accompanied by an adult)

  • Guest Tour: Odette Toilette’s Fragrance Tour

11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm – Tour available for Fashion on the Ration exhibition ticket holders only (recommended age 14+)

  • In Focus: Second World War Rationing

11.30am

  • Meet the Author: Julie Summers

1pm – Free talk, places are limited (ideal for ages 10+)

  • A Closer Look Tour: War and Clothing

1.30pm

  • Meet the Mobile Milliner: Mary Jane Baxter and Bambi the Campervan

2pm – 5pm

  • A Closer Look Tour: Fashion on the Ration

3.30pm – Tour available for Fashion on the Ration exhibition ticket holders only

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Sunday 5 June

  • Workshop: T-shirt Turban Making, Modern Millinery and make-do-and-mend

11am-1pm – Free, places are limited (Recommended age 14 years + or 7 years + if accompanied by an adult)

  • In Focus: Second World War Rationing

11.30am

  • Guest Tour: Dr Alison Slater on Fashion on the Ration, North West Experiences

11.30am – Available to Fashion on the Ration exhibition ticket holders

  • Meet the Researcher: Dr Alison Slater on wartime dress in Lancashire

2pm – Free talk, places are limited (ideal for ages 14+)

  • Meet the Mobile Milliner: Mary Jane Baxter and Bambi the Campervan

3pm – 5pm

  • A Closer Look Tour: Fashion on the Ration

3.30pm – Tour available for Fashion on the Ration exhibition ticket holders only

This event looks perfect for those interested in fashion, particularly of the 1940’s era, and any young budding fashionistas too. For more information visit the IWM website.

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